Rays reliever Grant Balfour irked with fans for booing

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Tampa Bay Rays closer Grant Balfour was critical of fans after they booed the team for blowing a lead in the ninth inning Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.

The Rays were leading 1-0 when Balfour gave up an RBI double to Yoenis Cespedes in the ninth that tied the score.

The fans at Tropicana Field then started booing Balfour and the Rays.

“Everybody’s got to be pulling for the team,” Balfour said. “You can’t be back and forth like that.”

He added that the boos are not going to help. The Rays eventually won 5-2 in 11 innings.

It was just the second blown save of the season for Balfour, who has eight saves but also has a 5.89 ERA and 18 walks — most by an AL reliever.

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